A popular auction house in Lymington which closed down in March has been saved by a father and son.
The premises, in Emsworth Road, were formerly run by George Kidner and had been an auction house for over 50 years.
The new owners are vintage toy specialist Nick Powner and his son James Powner. Nick will continue to run his toy-dealing business Abbey Models, which is based in Christchurch.
Many local people were concerned the building would end up converted into luxury flats.
We’re very happy to have taken over the building and business lock, stock and barrel, and have refurbished the premises inside and out. This included constructing a new wooden rostrum where the auctioneer can wield his gavel.
In addition, part of the building is being converted into an antiques centre. This will open in the summer with room for up to 30 dealers.
Lymington Auctions would like to focus on general sales but also hope to develop car and automobilia auctions next year.
The July auction includes 3 cars, one of which is a scarce 1993 Daimler Double-Six V12 saloon, estimated at between £3.500 and £4,000.
Other highlights include three rare water colours by Nico Jungmann, painted between 1917 and 1920, with one expected to sell for over £3,500, and an art-deco bronze female figurine from the 1920’s, valued at between £400 and £600.
Our valuations are free. They are held every Monday at the saleroom, or at the client’s home. We’re happy to travel anywhere throughout Hampshire and Dorset.
After our July auction, we’ll be holding two sales in September – a general auction on the 5th and a specialist toy and TV memorabilia sale at the end of the month.
Sales will be taken by senior valuer and auctioneer Steve Ozier.